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January 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 19.5 Percent from January 2010

January 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Rose 19.5 Percent from January 2010

(State Rankings in Tables 5 and 7)

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Dave Smallen
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 19.5 percent higher in January 2011 than in January 2010, reaching $67.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (Table 1).

BTS, a part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, reported that the value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in January 2011 rose 42.7 percent in two years from January 2009, which at $47.5 billion had the lowest amount of trade of any month since January 2004 (Tables 2, 3). Trade value in January 2011 was up 4.0 percent from the early recession level of January 2008 (Table 3). See Transborder Press Releases for historic data. Values in this press release are not adjusted for inflation.

Freight value in January rose 1.8 percent from December 2010 (Table 2). Month-to-month changes can be affected by seasonal variations and other factors.

Surface transportation includes freight movements by truck, rail, pipeline, mail, Foreign Trade Zones and other. In January, 85.1 percent of U.S. trade by value with Canada and Mexico moved on land, 10.7 percent moved by vessel and 4.3 percent moved by air.

The value of U.S. surface transportation trade with Canada and Mexico in January was up 10.7 percent compared to January 2006, and up 46.2 percent compared to January 2001, a period of 10 years. Imports in January were up 36.6 percent compared to January 2001, while exports were up 59.6 percent (Table 3).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada

U.S.–Canada surface transportation trade totaled $40.3 billion in January, up 17.8 percent compared to January 2010. For trade numbers by mode, see Table 4.

Michigan led all states in surface trade with Canada in January with $5.0 billion (Table 5).

U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Mexico

U.S.–Mexico surface transportation trade totaled $27.5 billion in January, up 22.1 percent compared to January 2010. For trade numbers by mode, see Table 6.

Texas led all states in surface trade with Mexico in January with $9.6 billion (Table 7).

The TransBorder Freight Data are a unique subset of official U.S. foreign trade statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau. New data are tabulated monthly and historical data are not adjusted for inflation. January TransBorder numbers include data received by BTS as of March 10.

The news release and summary tables can be found at www.bts.gov. More information on TransBorder Freight Data and data from previous months are posted on the BTS website at http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/. BTS will release February TransBorder numbers on May 3.

Table 1. Value of Monthly U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada and Mexico

(millions of dollars)

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Month 2009 2010 2011 Percent Change 2009-2010 Percent Change 2010-2011
January 47,459 56,697 67,734 19.5 19.5
February 47,938 59,492   24.1  
March 51,055 69,943   37.0  
April 49,729 65,831   32.4  
May 47,881 66,805   39.5  
June 50,753 69,859   37.6  
July 51,545 61,260   18.8  
August 54,254 67,964   25.3  
September 57,294 68,324   19.3  
October 61,400 70,565   14.9  
November 58,922 68,060   15.5  
December 58,465 66,530   13.8  
Year-to-date 47,459 56,697 67,734 19.5 19.5
Annual 636,695 791,329   24.3  

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/

Note: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding.

Table 2. U.S. Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico by Mode of Transportation

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   January 2010 December 2010 January 2011 Percent Change December 2010 - January 2011 Percent Change January 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 31,316 36,345 36,740 1.1 17.3
Exports 25,380 30,185 30,993 2.7 22.1
Total 56,697 66,530 67,734 1.8 19.5
Truck Imports 18,834 22,480 22,547 0.3 19.7
Exports 19,804 23,390 24,101 3.0 21.7
Rail Imports 6,609 7,106 7,460 5.0 12.9
Exports 3,160 3,785 3,634 -4.0 15.0
Pipeline Imports 4,915 5,157 5,466 6.0 11.2
Exports 452 549 780 42.1 72.6

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/

Notes: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, and other transportation. For additional detail refer to the "Data Fields" Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html

Table 3. January 2011 Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico Compared with January of Prior Years

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Compared to January in… Percent Change
Imports Exports Total Surface Trade
2010 17.3 22.1 19.5
2009 43.8 41.5 42.7
2008 0.3 8.7 4.0
2007 4.9 20.9 11.7
2006 1.9 23.3 10.7
2005 22.1 39.4 29.4
2004 39.5 60.2 48.3
2003 45.6 67.4 54.8
2002 54.9 76.1 63.9
2001 36.6 59.6 46.2

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/

Table 4. U.S. Merchandise Trade with Canada by Surface Modes of Transportation

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   January 2010 December 2010 January 2011 Percent Change December 2010 - January 2011 Percent Change January 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 18,681 21,432 21,635 0.9 15.8
Exports 15,508 18,330 18,625 1.6 20.1
Total 34,189 39,762 40,260 1.3 17.8
Truck Imports 8,526 10,399 10,121 -2.7 18.7
Exports 11,868 14,106 14,310 1.5 20.6
Rail Imports 4,528 4,707 5,163 9.7 14.0
Exports 1,798 2,095 1,940 -7.4 7.9
Pipeline Imports 4,901 5,142 5,446 5.9 11.1
Exports 352 227 416 83.3 18.1

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/

Notes: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, and other transportation. For additional detail refer to the "Data Fields" Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html

Table 5. Top 10 States Trading with Canada by Surface Modes of Transportation

Ranked by January 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State January 2011
1 Michigan 4,976
2 Illinois 3,962
3 Ohio 2,613
4 California 2,587
5 Texas 2,425
6 New York 2,164
7 Washington 1,591
8 Pennsylvania 1,578
9 Minnesota 1,437
10 Indiana 1,229

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/

Table 6. U.S. Merchandise Trade with Mexico by Surface Modes of Transportation

(millions of dollars)

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Mode   January 2010 December 2010 January 2011 Percent Change December 2010 - January 2011 Percent Change January 2010 - 2011
All Surface Modes Imports 12,635 14,913 15,105 1.3 19.5
Exports 9,873 11,855 12,368 4.3 25.3
Total 22,508 26,768 27,473 2.6 22.1
Truck Imports 10,309 12,081 12,426 2.9 20.5
Exports 7,936 9,284 9,790 5.4 23.4
Rail Imports 2,081 2,399 2,297 -4.2 10.4
Exports 1,362 1,690 1,693 0.2 24.3
Pipeline Imports 13 15 20 26.8 45.4
Exports 100 322 365 13.2 263.1

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/

Notes: Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding. Percent changes based on numbers prior to rounding. The value of trade for all surface modes is not equal to the sum of truck, rail and pipeline modes, it also includes shipments made by mail, foreign trade zones, and other transportation. For additional detail refer to the "Data Fields" Section of the TransBorder web page: http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/TBDR_DataFields.html

Table 7. Top 10 States Trading with Mexico by Surface Modes of Transportation

Ranked by January 2011 Surface Trade Value

(millions of dollars)

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Rank State January 2011
1 Texas 9,610
2 California 3,991
3 Michigan 3,025
4 Arizona 1,084
5 Illinois 906
6 Ohio 742
7 Tennessee 532
8 Indiana 507
9 North Carolina 429
10 Georgia 409

Source: BTS TransBorder Freight Data, http://www.bts.gov/programs/international/transborder/